40-man roster move mechanics
Pretty soon, the Reds will have their 25-man roster set and it seems to be close to be done. One of the thing holding up the transactions are corresponding moves to take people off of the 40-man roster.
At the moment — it would seem that non-roster players Jason Marquis, Kevin Gregg, Chris Dominguez, Brennan Boesch and perhaps, Michael Lorenzen need to be added. That means five have to go.
Players on the 60-day disabled list don’t count towards the 40-man roster. Sean Marshall and Jason Bourgeois will likely be put there. That leaves three more moves.
“We’re closing in on that, absolutely,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “We’re up against — for some of them — some deadlines. I’m guessing in the next short while we will have sat down with the guys who are on the club and let them know.
“To add guys, you also have to make corresponding moves to add those guys to the roster. That’s probably one of the reasons why we’re not a little more forthcoming in all the roster moves.
“It’s always tough for multiple reasons. First, because of the potential of losing a player that you like. Certainly we like them if they’re on our 40-man roster. No. 2, you hate to send that type of message to a player that’s been in the system for a while and has been a good representative of the Reds. It’s always hard. You always want hard work and professionalism rewarded. However, there’s also a portion of this that is performance-related. You can be a great guy and a great worker, but if you don’t perform to a certain level you become vulnerable at this time of year.”